Alli Altmann made 19 saves for the Mavericks

Alli Altmann made 19 saves for the Mavericks

MANKATO, Minn. - The Minnesota State University women's hockey team dropped at six-round shootout Saturday afternoon to the Niagara University Purple Eagles.

The Mavericks and Purple Eagles were each held scoreless in the first period of Saturday afternoon’s contest. MSU recorded 11 shots on goal to the Purple Eagles six.

The second and third periods were not much different. Neither team scored a goal missing chances on power play opportunities. The Mavericks finished with 15 shots on goal in the second and third, while the Purple Eagles tallied 13.

Three 20 minute periods and a five minute overtime wasn't enough to determine a winner, so the two teams went to a shootout. The shootout went to the sixth round before someone was able to find the back of the net and that person was Niagara freshman Chelsea Witwicke. MSU had a chance to answer but senior forward Nina Tikkinen’s shot was denied, giving the Mavericks an overtime loss.

Despite losing the shootout, the Mavericks outshot the Purple Eagles, 33-19. Junior goaltender Alli Altmann was impressive in net, finishing with 19 saves.

The Mavericks will head to University Minnesota, Duluth next weekend to take on the Bulldogs. Both Saturday and Sunday's contests are slated for 3:07 p.m.